November 23, 2014

The Homemakers Creed

I started my Saturday morning with a fire in the fireplace, a nice hot cup of coffee and this homemaking post by Susan Branch.  Which was a lovely start to a busy day. Then while looking through Pinterest that same day,  a related pin in my feed (you know the ones by people you don’t follow and probably don’t know) caught my eye. It was Betty Crocker’s Homemaker’s Creed (with a link to a post about Betty Crocker where I learned that she wasn’t a real person!).  She was a corporate marketing strategy but they really put a lot of effort into “her”. She became the icon for homemaking in America!

The Homemakers Creed from Betty Crocker

I found the Homemakers Creed from Betty Crocker very inspirational, so I wanted to share it with you!

The whole story behind Betty Crocker is so fascinating that I ordered  the book “Finding Betty Crocker: The Secret Life of America’s First Lady of Food”.  You can get it used for $0.01  on Amazon or $11.89 on Kindle. I had a sample sent on my Kindle so I can start reading it now.

Finding Betty Crocker Book

I’ve always thought of homemaking as a an art & serious job. After all, my blog used be called The Pleasures of Homemaking before I changed it to A Cultivated Nest (although it’s the same idea just shorter name ) :)

Some people may think that the statements in the Homemaker’s Creed are old-fashioned ideas, but I think there are a good many women that want a good family life and want to manage their homes well.

What are your thoughts on the Homemaker’s Creed?

Linking to: Thrifty Thursday

10 Clever Kitchen Tips You Need to Know

I thought it would be fun to share some kitchen tips and tricks with you. Some of these I’ve tried and others I want to try!

10 handy kitchen tips and tricks to help you in the kitchen! Love the butter one!

Here are 10 handy tips & tricks to help you in the kitchen!

10 Kitchen Tips

10 kitchen tips you need to know like this one from Naturally Loriel

1. Instead of using your finger to get that piece of broken egg shell out of the bowl use one of the egg shell halves! How to Easily Remove A Broken Egg Shell

10 Amazing kitchen hacks you need to know like this one!

2. Have you ever tried using your mixer to shred chicken? I have and it works great! I like to make big batches of shredded chicken that I freeze in meal sized portions.  Perfect shredded chicken every time!

10 Kitchen Tips you need to know.  Like how to make these almost instant mashed potatoes!

3. I microwave my potatoes all the time instead of making baked potatoes, but for some reason I never thought to use those potatoes to make mashed potatoes?  Almost Instant Potatoes

10 kitchen hacks you need to know like this one.

4. I tried wrapping the stem of a bunch of bananas in plastic wrap and I didn’t feel that worked so I’ve got to try this tip of separating the bananas and wrapping the stems – read more about it here

10 kitchen tips you need to know like this one to pre-heat your baking sheet or pan to save cooking time and no flipping!

5. You don’t have to flip your fries and some other foods if your pre-heat the baking sheet  or pan (not just the oven)! Time saver! 3 Reasons Why You Should Preheat Your Baking Sheet

10 kitchen hacks you need to know!

6. Forgot to take your eggs out of the fridge? Get your eggs at room temperature in 5 minutes with this tip.  How to Quickly Bring Eggs to Room Temperature 

Great list of kitchen hacks like this one!

7.  Do you feel like you don’t have any cake decorating skills? Use cookie cutters to help you decorate a beautiful cake (use metal ones to make shaped pancakes). How To Decorate A Cake With Cookie Cutters

Kitchen tip for cutting butter into flour when it's frozen.

8. I can’t wait to try this tip!  I always buy extra butter and freeze it. Sometimes  I forget to take it out to let it defrost when I need some for baking.  Grate the frozen butter into your baking mix! Kitchen Tip For Cutting Butter Into Flour

10 Kitchen tips like this one for avoiding freezer burn on ice cream

9. I use this trick when storing leftovers in the freezer but it works on ice cream too.  Put some plastic wrap on the top!  How To Avoid Ice Cream Freezer Burn

10 awesome kitchen hacks!

10.  I always do this and it makes clean up a breeze. When you’re measuring honey, molasses, peanut butter or anything that’s sticky, spray your measuring cup with some non-stick spray first.

What’s you favorite kitchen tip or trick?
10 clever kitchen tips & trick you need to know!!

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10 Printables to Keep You Organized & Help You Save Money

or check out my A Organized Nest Board for more great tips

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10 Inexpensive Handmade Christmas Gifts

I started the Frugal Christmas Gift Guide a few years ago and will be continuing it this year (the other posts are linked at the bottom). Over the next few weeks I’m going to share some ideas for homemade Christmas presents that are cute and easy (or fairly easy) to make that I’ve found on Pinterest. So let’s get started!

10 Inexpensive Handmade Christmas Gifts to Start Making Now.

Giving a handmade gift is a great way to celebrate Christmas.  It’s not too late to start making gifts!

Frugal DIY Christmas Gift Guide – 10 Homemade Gifts

1. DIY Gift Card Snow Globe ~ The Creative Mama
2. Cinnamon Sugar Scrub ~ Sisters Saving Cents
3. Handmade Rustic Coaster ~ Making It In The Mountains
4. Russian Tea Mix Mason Jar Gift ~ Baby Loving Mama
5. Printed Burlap Wine Bag – HP Creates featuring Skip To My Lou
6. DIY Gardener’s Olive Oil & Clove Hand Soap – A Cultivated Nest
7.  We Whisk You A Merry Kissmass gift set (with printable tag) ~ Views From The Ville
8. Gift Card Holder ~ Hydrangea Hippo
9. Reindeer Hot Chocolate ~ Thrifty Jinxy
10.Pumpkin Spice Sugar Scrub with free downloadable gift tags ~Uncommon Designs

I hope you’ve found this helpful!  You may want to also look at these Christmas Gift Guides from previous years  linked below for more ideas.

Frugal Christmas Gift Guide #1

Frugal Christmas Gift Guide #2

Frugal Christmas Gift Guide #3

Frugal Christmas Gift Guide #4

Frugal Christmas Gift Guide

9 Yummy Ways To Use Leftover Halloween Candy

I hope everyone had a fun Halloween! Do you still have some Halloween candy? There are  lots of things to do with that candy if you don’t want to eat it as is! Here are some scrumptious ideas for ways you can use up that leftover Halloween Candy.

9 scrumptious recipes that use leftover Halloween candy
Get inspired to make some yummy Halloween candy recipes! I think that the candy that you can use in these recipes is fairly interchangeable.

Ideas for what to do with leftover Halloween candy like this one  from I Heart Naptime

Loaded candy bar brownie  from I Heart Naptime. She uses a brownie mix but you could substitute my make your own brownie mix recipe

Scrumptious ideas for using up leftover candy like these Hand Pies from Diethood

Leftover Candy Hand Pies from Diethood

Great ideas for using up leftover Halloween candy like this candy cookie cake from Baker By Nature

Halloween candy cookie cake from Baker By Nature

Fabulous ideas for using up leftover Halloween candy like this one from Taste and Tell

Halloween popcorn Cake from Taste and Tell

Fabulous ideas for using up candy like this Butterfinger cake from Chef In Training

Better Than Anything Butterfinger Cake from Chef In Training

Fabulous ideas for using up leftover Halloween candy like this Twix Bar Chocolate Chip cookie from Averie Cooks

Twix Bar Chocolate Chip Cookie from Averie Cooks

Fabulous ideas for things to make with leftover Halloween candy like this Halloween candy bark from Seeded At The Table

Halloween Candy Bark from Seeded At The Table

Halloween candy coated caramel apples

Caramel Apples coated with leftover Halloween candy  by AllYou

Scrumptious ideas for using up that leftover Halloween candy like this candy dessert pizza from  Crumbs and Chaos

Trick Or Treat Dessert Pizza from Crumbs and Chaos

If you don’t have any leftover candy you might want to head out to the stores and pick some up while they’re on clearance just to try out these recipes!

You may also like:

25 Creative Candy Corn Recipes

 

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10 Super Cute Ways to Repurpose Vintage Hankies

I’ve always loved all things vintage and vintage hankies are no exception. I have a few and was wondering how I could actually use them instead of having them stored away. Here are a few ideas I came across that show how to  recycle vintage hankies.

10 cute ideas for repurposing vintage hankies

10 Ideas For Repurposing Vintage Hankies

vintage handkerchiefs repurposed into a shower curtain

Some vintage handkerchiefs were made into an adorable one of a kind shower curtain from HGTV

vintage handkerchief made into a tissue holder

Here’s  a handkerchief made into a tissue holder – full tutorial at Beach Vintage

Collection of repurposed vintage hankies like these Vintage Handkerchiefs made into burp cloths by Polka Dot Chair

These vintage hankie burp cloths are so cute! Who wouldn’t love to get these at as a gift! Tutorial at Polka Dot Chair

A collection of ideas for repurposing vintage hankies like this one - vintage hankies made into bracelets by My So Called Crafty Life

Another great gift would be these bracelets made from vintage handkerchiefs. Tutorial at My So Called Crafty Life

A collection of ways to repurpose vintage handkerchiefs like this valance from Flamingo Toes

I love the idea of using different vintage hankies for a valance like these from Flamingo Toes. Go visit her and see all the windows she did with vintage handkerchiefs – so cute!

repurpose vintage hankies into pillows

Making pillows out of vintage hankies is another good way to repurpose them. See the how to at Elsie Marley

hair bow made from a vintage hankie

This cute hair bow is made from a vintage handkerchief. Tutorial at The Mother Huddle

A collection of ideas for repurposing vintage hankies like this vintage hankie made into a shirt colllar

Love this idea of using a vintage hankie to make a collar! Tutorial at Black and White and Loved All Over

make your own unique wall art by framing vintage hankies

Of course you can frame vintage hankies to make your own unique wall art via Very Fond Of

Vintage hankies and doilies used as a beautiful tablerunner

Isn’t this table runner made from vintage napkins & doilies  just gorgeous! souce: The Brides Cafe  Love.It.

Do you collect vintage hankies?

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25 Creative Candy Corn Recipes

Are you crazy for candy corn? Check out this amazing collection of recipes that either use candy corn or are inspired by candy corn!

25 Creative Candy Corn Recipes

 

25 Creative Candy Corn Recipes

1. Candy Corn Cookie Bark From Sweet Bella Roos

2. Candy Corn Punch From Simplee Thrifty

3. Homemade Candy Corn Pretzels From Sugar Swings

4. Candy Corn Biscotti from Food Nasty

5. Candy Corn Oreo Bark From Raking In The Savings

6. Candy Corn Popcorn Bars From Wheel N Deal Mama

7. Candy Corn Cheesecake Mousse Recipe From Meet Kristy

8. Candy Corn Crunch From This Mama Loves

9. Halloween Muddy Buddies Mix From Simply Being Mommy

10. Candy Corn Lollipops From Mess For Less

25 Creative Candy Corn Recipes including this  Candy Corn Party Mix from Fleece Fun

11. Easy Candy Corn Party Mix From Fleece Fun

12. Candy Corn Bark Recipe From Life Is Poppin

13. Candy Corn Cereal Treats From Baked Perfection

14. Candy Corn Peanut Bars From Easybaked

15. Candy Corn Magic Bars From The Domestic Rebel

16. Candy Corn Cookies From LilaLoa

17. Last Minute Candy Corn Cookies From Bake At 350

18. Candy Corn Bundt Cake From A Baker’s House

19. White Chocolate Candy Corn Cookie Bars From Love From The Oven

20. Candy Corn Striped Madeleines From Sugar Swings

21. Candy Corn Pop Tarts From Pint Sized Baker

22. Candy Corn Cookies From Baking Beauty

23. Halloween Candy Corn Popcorn From Erica’s Sweet Tooth

24. Candy Corn M&M Macadamia Nut Cookies From Something Swanky

25. Candy Corn Halloween Eclair Cake From Sweet Simple Stuff

These are also great for using up any leftover Halloween candy corn that you might have!

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